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Minors, Program Transfer and Re-admission

HOW TO ADD A MINOR

Minors normally consists of 18 – 24 credits.  These credits may overlap with the free electives in a bachelor degree program. All courses in a minor must be passed with a grade of C or better. Students may consider adding a music or non-music minor starting the second year in the Bachelor of Music program. 

Music minors

The Department of Music Research offers minors the following area:

Composition Music Education
Music History Music Theory
Musical Applications and Techology Musical Science and Technology

A formal application is required.  Click here to print an application form and to obtain more information on each minor mentioned above.

Non-music minors

As a student in the Bachelor of Music, you may also choose to add a non-music minor for a specialization outside your major. 

Consult each Faculty’s website to obtain information on its minor requirements.

With the exception of a management minor*, studentaffairs [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mai)l Student Affairs Office to add a non-music minor. 

Verification on non-music minor requirement is governed by the Department which oversees the minor.

*Contact Desautels Faculty of Management for more information on management minors offered to Non-Management students.


PROGRAM TRANSFER AND RE-ADMISSION

You may apply for a transfer in music major within the Schulich School of Music (known as Intra-Faculty Transfer), or apply for program transfer to another Faculty (known as Inter-Faculty Transfer) while pursuing the Bachelor of Music, the Licentiate in Music or the Artist Diploma.

Students who have been out of the music program for more than three consecutive semesters may apply for re-admission to the program.

Inter-Faculty Transfer

Who should apply?

If you are registered in a degree program at McGill and wish to transfer for the Fall term to the Schulich School of Music, you must submit by undergradadmissions [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) or in person, the following supporting documents to the Music Admissions Office in the New Music Building, 7th Floor prior to January 15. The forms listed below must be submitted simultaneously.

  • Inter-Faculty Transfer Form (Available on Minerva)
  • Processing Fees: non-refundable $61.56 audition fee Inter-Faculty Audition_Form.pdf [.pdf]
  • Music Applicant Additional Information [.pdf]
  • Music Evaluation Form (English) [.pdf] to be completed by your music teacher and submitted by that teacher as soon as possible.
  • Composition applicants are asked to submit 2-3 samples of their written work.
  • Music Education applicants must request a letter of reference from someone attesting to their suitability for teaching. They must also provide a Letter of Intent explaining why they wish to become a certified music teacher and meet with Faculty of Education, and Lisa [dot] Lorenzino [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Lisa Lorenzino) Schulich School of Music.

Admission is competitive, and students who meet the minimum requirements are not necessarily guaranteed acceptance. Decisions are made by the Schulich School of Music Admissions Committee based on the whole academic record, the audition evaluation, the Statement of Intent, and the availability of places in a particular instrument and/or program.

N.B.: Students wishing to add a second degree (e.g. B.A. and B.MUS.) should indicate their intention to pursue two degrees in the comments section of the Inter-Faculty Transfer application form.

Intra-Faculty Transfer

If you have not graduated and are currently registered in a B.MUS., L.MUS., or ART. DIP. program in Music and wish to transfer to a different program/major, you must submit an electronic intra-faculty transfer application and the following applicable documents to the Music Student Affairs Office by deadline dates listed below:

FROM:
Non-Performance/
Concentration

TO:
Non-Performance/
Concentration

Intra-faculty transfer application only. Composition applicants must submit 2-3 samples of work. Music Education applicants must request a letter of reference from someone attesting to their suitability for teaching. They must also provide a Letter of Intent explaining why they wish to become a certified music teacher and meet with the Faculty of Education, and Lisa Lorenzino, Schulich School of Music.

APPLICATION DATES:
February 15 to March 1 - Composition applicants
April 15 to June 1 - other applicants 

FROM:
Performance

TO:
Non-Performance/
Concentration

Intra-faculty transfer application only. Composition applicants must submit 2-3 samples of work. Music Education applicants must request a letter of reference from someone attesting to their suitability for teaching. They must also provide a Letter of Intent explaining why they wish to become a certified music teacher and meet with the Faculty of Education, and Lisa Lorenzino, Schulich School of Music.


APPLICATION DATES:
February 15 to March 1 - Composition applicants
April 15 to June 1 - other applicants

FROM:
Non-Performance

TO:
Performance

Intra-faculty transfer application and Intra-Faculty_Audition_Form.pdf.pdf]

APPLICATION DATES:
February 15 to March 1

FROM:
One-Instrument

TO:
Another Instrument

Intra-faculty transfer application and Intra-Faculty_Audition_Form.pdf [.pdf]

APPLICATION DATES:
February 15 to March 1

FROM:
BMUS

TO:
LMUS Or Artist Diploma

Intra-faculty transfer application and Intra-Faculty_Audition_Form.pdf [.pdf]

APPLICATION DATES:
February 15 to March 1

FROM:
LMUS

TO:
BMUS

Intra-faculty transfer application only. Composition applicants must submit 2-3 samples of work. Music Education applicants must request a letter of reference from someone attesting to their suitability for teaching. They must also provide a Letter of Intent explaining why they wish to become a certified music teacher and meet with the Faculty of Education, and Lisa Lorenzino, Schulich School of Music.

APPLICATION DATES:
February 15 to March 1 - Composition
April 15 to June 1 - Non-performance programs

FROM:
LMUS

TO:
Artist Diploma

Intra-faculty transfer application and Intra-Faculty_Audition_Form.pdf [.pdf]

APPLICATION DATES:
February 15 to March 1

FROM:
Artist Diploma

TO:
BMUS

Intra-faculty transfer application only. Composition applicants must submit 2-3 samples of work. Music Education applicants must request a letter of reference from someone attesting to their suitability for teaching. They must also provide a Letter of Intent explaining why they wish to become a certified music teacher and meet with the Faculty of Education, and Lisa Lorenzino, Schulich School of Music.

APPLICATION DATES:
February 15 to March 1 - Composition + Performance programs
April 15 to June 1 - Non-Performance programs

Note for Second Majors: Students wishing to pursue a second major (e.g. Performance + Music History) should indicate their intention to do so in the comments section of the Intra-Faculty Transfer application form.

Re-Admission

This application is not available online.

STUDENTS IN SATISFACTORY STANDING

Students in satisfactory standing, who have not been registered in the Schulich School of Music for one or two terms, may return to the program in which they were previously registered upon permission of the School.

Those who have been out for longer than two terms may be readmitted upon permission of the School, subject to the student's previous record and current School limitations on enrolment, but will be required to re-audition.

Students who have completed their required practical examinations and are returning to fulfill academic courses are not required to re-audition.

Deadline Dates: Students wishing to return must submit a request in writing to the Student Affairs Office, giving a summary of their activities during their absence. The deadline for the Winter session is November 15; for the Summer session, April 1; for the Fall session, March 1 (for students required to re-audition) or June 1 (no audition required).

Students who are uncertain of the re-audition regulations are urged to contact the Academic Advisor at (514)398-4541.

STUDENTS IN UNSATISFACTORY STANDING

Students in unsatisfactory standing must write to the Associate Dean of the Schulich School of Music no later than July 15 for readmission to the Fall term and November 15 for the Winter term. Appeals for readmission should include the following information:

  • State your personal contact information.
  • Describe the extenuating circumstances which affected your academic performance.
  • Explain how the problems you experienced would be under control or no longer applicable if you were readmitted.
  • Provide a summary of your activities while you were away and indicate whether you studied elsewhere during this time.
  • Provide supporting documents (e.g. doctor's letter, employer's letter).